Minnesota bagel shop makes Food & Wine's Best Bagels in America list

A North Dakota bagel maker also made the list.
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A Minneapolis bagel shop has made Food & Wine's list of Best Bagels in America

Rise Bagel Co., at 530 N 3rd St. in Minneapolis' North Loop, made the magazine's list of "nearly 50" best bagels (it didn't rank the bagels), which was published March 5. 

Food & Wine says 20 years ago, a list like this would probably have been New York-centric, but in the years since quality bagel makers have popped up all around the country, making "the kind of bagels you take home by the dozen, hot and fresh. Close the door, get out the good butter and some quality cream cheese, and forget about the outside world, if only for a little while."

And Rise Bagel Co. is one of them. Food & Wine says this "studiously careful operation makes some of the finest (and organic) bagels in the Midwest ... there's a reason why you'll often end up waiting on weekends: this is one of the most sought-after breakfasts in the trendy North Loop neighborhood, if not the entire city."

The magazine says the bagels, which debuted at a local farmers market in 2014, are filled with "very good cream cheese and sustainable smoked salmon from one of Minnesota's other great small businesses, the Northern Waters Smokehaus, up by Lake Superior."

Food & Wine says Rise's bagels don't adhere to "anyone's dated notions of regional style," noting the "attention is more on sticking to old-world method, doing things slowly, methodically, with the end result something like one of the finer home-baked bagels you'll ever try, shimmering, crisp on the outside, with just the right amount of soft interior."

Rise's website says it took inspiration from New York and Montreal-style bagel meccas and created their ideal bagel. 

While Rise Bagel Co. is the only Minnesota-based bagel maker on the list, neighboring BernBaum's in Fargo, North Dakota, was also mentioned. 

Food & Wine says: 

"There are these very pretty, very generously seeded bagels at North Dakota's finest — and only — new wave Nordic-Jewish deli, but better to go for the plain on your first visit, in order to admire the perfectly blistered exterior of one very fine bagel, perhaps the last thing you might have expected to find, way up here. Sandwiches are their milieu, but the $1.79 bagel with schmear is easily one of the best values on this list. Surprising and delighting the locals (and those passing through town) since 2017, there's a reason Food & Wine called Andrea and Brett Baumgardner's daring enterprise Fargo's best food, right out of the gate."

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